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“Shine Bright Always,”- Britney Spears

Five years ago today I was able to give a letter to a woman I’ve loved and idolized my entire life. A woman whom got me through the darkest time of life and stopped me from taking my life after coming out as gay to the world.

This woman, as many of you know that know me personally or know of me or even have heard about me or just follow me, is Britney Spears. I typed a letter to give to Britney and on August 20th, I was able to do just that. Little did I know that this letter would move a person I’ve adored my entire life to tears and eventually end up being the reason she knew my face and name when seeing her again.

The letter I wrote to her detailed how she saved my life and how she, and her music, gave me the courage to be openly gay and get through things I never thought I’d go through. I never in a million years thought that I’d get a personal letter back from Britney or everything else that followed the months and years after getting that letter. Britney was able to get me through those times of my life that I truly never thought I would be able to get through; she was the light I needed and the constant reminder that I needed to be stronger than the inner demons or the opinions of others.

While I no longer suffer from the things I was going through at the time, I still deal with mental health issues that I’ve learned to deal through and with every single day of my life. I’ve shared so much of my story and how Britney has saved my life hundreds of times, but I will never stop because I want the world to know just how big of a heart she has and to also show that no matter who you are or where you are, you are not alone. I will never be able to thank Britney enough for all that she has done, and continues to do for me. She is the light of my life and I will constantly remember to “shine bright always” because of her.

I love you Britney, thank you for everything. ❤️